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  STEEL PANTHER WASTE NO TIME LOWERING THE BAR TO BRIGHTEN UP A DARK JANUARY
Steel Panther/Inglorious/Wayward Sons: Eventim Apollo (formerly Hammersmith Odeon), London


liz medhurst
Words: Liz Medhurst Photos: Pictures: Robert Sutton
4th February 2018

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Steel Panther hit the UK on their Lower The Bar tour and brought their own brand of LA party madness and excess to bring some light into a cold, dark January.

The support acts were a huge draw in their own right. First up, Wayward Sons with a selection of tracks from 'Ghosts Of Yet To Come'.

Toby Jepson and bandmates Sam Wood, Nic Wastell, Dave Kemp and Phil Martini have settled down into a vibrant rocking outfit with a seriously good live act, Toby fitting back into the frontman role after years behind the producer's desk as if he'd never been away.

steel panther inglorious wayward sons

A poignant moment came with a wonderful tribute to fallen comrade Fast Eddie Clarke, and an acknowledgement of the great Motörhead album 'No Sleep Til Hammersmith', as 'Something Wrong' was dedicated to him.

steel panther inglorious wayward sons

A very healthy early attendance with great reaction from the crowd has set the Sons up beautifully for headline dates later this year.

Main support came from MetalTalk Band Of The Year 2017 – Inglorious. The band, with frontman Nathan James resplendent in black sequinned jacket, used their thirty-minute slot flawlessly with a well-chosen eight song selection from the first two albums.

There was barely a moment to pause for breath and the ending trio of big numbers 'I Don't Need Your Loving', 'Holy Water' and 'Until I Die' made sure that this party was well and truly started.

steel panther inglorious wayward sons

Pulling in the audience size and reaction worthy of headliners, tonight will be looked back on as a chance to say "I was there", the first time Inglorious played Hammersmith.

steel panther inglorious wayward sons

Suitably nourished on rock and roll vitamins, it was time for gorging on junk food. You know exactly what you are going to get at a Steel Panther gig – a totally over the top, outrageous, hilarious and colourful occasion, that may leave you feeling in need of a shower afterwards.

Playing smaller venues this time round, but there was no real sign of the joke wearing thin from the crowd's point of view with moshing and other assorted raucous activities exploding into action from the start.

I'm still not sure whether to class it as satire, spoof or parody, but quite honestly this could be over-thinking – it's piss-taking on a royal scale, and god knows there is certainly a need to let off steam and have a bloody good laugh at ourselves at times.

steel panther inglorious wayward sons

This was the Panther's second trip to London in a week, having played a date at Shepherd's Bush Empire five days earlier, with a performance of 'Feel The Steel'. Nine out of the fifteen tracks overlapped tonight, including all the old favourites.

Subtlety is not a word that Steel Panther recognise, and all for the good. If you are going to have songs called 'Asian Hooker', 'Goin' In The Backdoor' and '17 Girls In A Row' then you need the stage act to match.

steel panther inglorious wayward sons

Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia sure know how to put on this act, sending up the excesses of the 80s hair/glam Metal movement to shocking perfection. They need the banter between the songs for two reasons – firstly because although the songs are perfectly adequate they never reach the heights of being able to stand alone as great pieces of work.

The second reason is that the inter-song banter allows for audience engagement on an almost unheard of scale in modern times. Everyone is in on the joke and the exuberance is infectious.

steel panther inglorious wayward sons

Having invited a couple of audience members up individually to dance and be serenaded to, the stage was opened up to females as a free-for-all for '17 Girls In A Row' – I lost count after seventy, and a good time looked to be had by all.

Just before the final encore of 'Party All Day (Fuck All Night)' Michael Starr announced that Steel Panther would be playing Ramblin' Man Fair – an announcement that raised a few eyebrows. It's going to be interesting to see how the festival can maintain its family-friendly image, although I suppose it depends what type of family you are talking about.

steel panther inglorious wayward sons

The sense of fun cannot be denied. Thinking back to the heady days of the Van Halen video for 'Jump', it's a good thing to have this sense of the ridiculous still around.

All in all tonight can be compared to one of those evenings which starts in a great restaurant where the food is divine, the ambience sparkling and the company dazzling. Then you decide to prolong the evening and go on to a club, and it all starts getting a bit out of hand and you wake up the next morning surrounded by pools of vomit and strangers draped on the sofa.

You may have taken things a bit too far, but still think "fuck - that was a good night. When can we do it again?"
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